Hummingbirds are special creatures. With their beautiful spectrum of colors and awe-inspiring rhythmic wing speed, it is no wonder that they are welcome in any backyard. They can act as natural pollinators in your garden and feed on insect pests. If you want to attract hummingbirds to your yard, set
When used straight out of the bottle, 3 percent hydrogen peroxide is a gentle stain-fighting and sanitizing agent. Many commercial cleaners and laundry soaps include peroxide because of its ability to lift stains from clothing and surfaces. Instead of using bleach, consider adding 3 percent hydrogen
Old metal lawn furniture adds a certain element of charm to a patio, deck or lawn. Some metal furniture is even used indoors. Rust is very noticeable on some kinds of metal such as iron, but other metals form rust as well. Removing the rust from the metal furniture and repairing it to prevent future
House cleaning chore lists provide a feeling of dread for most families. Mothers and fathers promise outdoor time and snacks once their children complete certain chores. Then comes spring cleaning once the weather gets warmer and it's time to eliminate the stuffiness of winter. Cutting your cleaning
Many people appreciate the beauty of tile floors, and their use in modern homes continues to grow. The material that fills the spaces between tiles is known as grout. This porous substance traps dirt particles over time, leading to a dirty looking floor. Clean grout with a combination of machines, h
Moving to a different state alone can be an exciting but challenging experience. Without the financial and emotional support from a spouse or family, making the transition to a new area can take more time and energy. Before committing to the move, make sure you have thoroughly researched the area. M
Dispose of food waste correctly to prevent problems.garbage image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.comWhether it's in a restaurant or a home kitchen, food waste is going to occur. The act of preparing food creates waste and diners will create even more when they don't eat everything that is...
Pink mold grows in damp, dark places and loves heat and high levels of humidity. Cleaning the surface mold is a starting point, but pink mold will return if ventilation isn’t improved and/or cleaning habits subside. Pink mold will get worse and build up. If the pink mold is not prevented, blac
Waxing floors is largely a thing of the past, a relic of the era when housekeeping consumed many hours every week. Today's no-wax wood and vinyl floors require only daily sweeping to remove dirt and debris and a weekly damp mopping. Strip wax off a no-wax floor to maintain safe conditions because th
This natural aromatherapy cleaner did a fantastic job cleaning countertops and other surfaces. Discover how it fared in terms of safety, environmental friendliness, and more!
Crystal glasses are a part of many home dining sets, especially useful for toasts or special dinners. Crystal is often costly, which makes it important to properly care for your set of glasses. While hand washing is recommended with mild soap and water, you can use the dishwasher if you use caution
Cast iron skillets are a strong and durable addition to a kitchen. A good cast-iron skillet can last for generations if properly maintained. Seasoning is one of the essential practices necessary for a long-lasting skillet. Seasoning coats the pan to prevent rust and creates a non-stick surface for c
When you are hard at work and discover an error in a document, you will probably reach for the correction fluid. When you do this, it is possible to get some in your hair. Most correction fluids are water-based, so removing the correction fluid doesn't pose much of a problem. Stronger correction flu
Cultured marble is a synthetic material commonly used for countertops, tubs and showers. It's made of ground marble coated with a durable, resistant material. Unfortunately, yellow marks may appear on the marble due to mineral deposits, stains, problems with the coating or cigarette burns.Fortunatel
Tape residue left behind on important papers can leave behind unpleasant marks. Removing the tape residue will keep your papers in good condition. Residue left behind on paper looks discolored. Removing the residue will require patience, but it will ensure that you have paper that looks attractive a
Removing adhesive from cement or concrete, whether it’s carpet glue or another adhesive, can be difficult. Carpet glue typically is yellowish and hardens to a rock-like state. Mastic often is used by people (mistakenly) as a carpet adhesive on cement floors. It, too, becomes rock-hard over tim
Whiteboards are easy-to-use instruction boards that have taken over the roll of chalkboards in most classrooms. They are drawn and written on with dry-erase markers that wipe away with whiteboard erasers. Over time the debris from the erasers builds up to create smudges and smears that linger. Lucki
If you've just taken a load of clothing out of the dryer and found an ink stain, you may think that you simply have to throw those clothes away. Don't do that yet. Even though putting the clothes through the drier may have set the stain, you may still have a chance to get it out. Try a variety of me
Phosphorus levels in garden soils can build up over time. Excess phosphorus not used by garden plants does not readily leach out of the soil and over time can lead to toxicity in garden plants.
Tile floors and bathroom walls take a lot of abuse in a home, and because tile is so porous, grout shows the brunt of the abuse. Whether from an overzealous family dog's muddy foot print trail, spilled coffee from a hectic schedule or spots of red wine from good times with friends, grout withstands